Palm-lined beaches with golden-yellow sand, the mighty roar of the waves crashing against the shore, cool sea breeze and faint music playing from one of the shacks nearby … If this sounds like the perfect setting for a break then, look no further than Goa! Fed up of the crowds and looking for a secluded and offbeat place? We have found the top 5 best ones for you! Have a look.
Far away from the hustle and bustle, Champakali presents a slightly less frenetic pace of life and plenty of culture at its lovely location in Old Goa. The two-bedroom villas are done up in colour schemes related to birds, every room has its own personality with tasteful furniture, eclectic knick-knacks and floor rugs — The property is lined with teak and plenty of frangipani trees that slope down to a lovely pool, with a handy massage room. With a chef on call, a spa, pool and garden, it is also walking distance from the churches of Old Goa. A great place to relax and kick back and its location is perfect to discover a side of Goa, which is usually given second preference to the beaches and the nightlife scene.
Location: D-69/4/5, After Gandhi Circle, Before Church Of Our Lady Of Mount, Ella, Velha Goa, Goa
2. Vivenda Dos Palhacos
The beautiful property housed in South Goa right by Majorda beach has got it all – from a swimming pool, a dining room for twenty, large rooms leading to verandahs and a lot of sunlight. The rooms are all named after cities and areas the owners are fond of – Alipore, Madras, Ballygunge, Ooty and more. Each room has something unique about it – while one overlooks a coconut plantation, the other may have an open-air washroom, another may boast of a private entrance to the courtyard. They also have their own customised, in-house tuk-tuk that guests can borrow for INR 150 for a trip!
Location: Coasta Vaddo, Coasta Vaddo Road, Majorda, Goa
3. Casa Boutique Hotel
Casa Anjuna, a beautiful property located just five minutes away from the Anjuna beach is complete with Portuguese-style villas, vintage furniture and vibrant colours, this place is a must-visit, especially in the monsoon. Extremely beautiful yet affordable, the resort is nestled in a small, narrow lane that’s far away from the noise and is beautifully green. Poster beds, fresh, white bed linen and drapes and vintage furniture including a stunning cupboard and dressing table are just a few of the many reasons your will love your stay at this resort. There’s also a beautiful pool and an outdoor bar (that’s functional from morning to night), so don’t shy away from grabbing a beer while soaking in the sun. Given the fantastic location of the resort, I’m sure you won’t be short of things to do around.
Location: 66, Dmello Vaddo, Anjuna, Goa
4. The Brook
If you thought Goa couldn’t get any better, think again. The Brook, is a mansion, complete with sloped wooden roofs, charming old-school patios and a swimming pool, it will lure you in before swanky bedrooms and an open verandah takes over. The rooms are named Driftwood, Pebbles, Sunbeam and Water Break, all from a poem, and they take on exactly those kinds of avatars. The gorgeous rooms, leading straight into the infinity pool and the paddy fields beyond, it’s great for the adventurists in the group, or for the couple looking to up their poolside romance. Since there are no beaches nearby, this is your chance at discovering the forgotten trails of Goa, nature walks among the old tropical-style, mango, jackfruit, chikoo, guava, and other trees. There is also an in-house organic vegetable garden which you can get to know intimately if you are green-thumbed, or, skip across to a tributary of the great Mandovi river and amble along the canyons, far from the madding crowd.
Location: 1173/1, Near Socorro Church, Distt. Bardez, Succour, North Goa
5. Fort Tiracol Heritage Hotel
A great place to stay at if you are a history buff. This hotel is in an old fort, with incredible panoramic views of the river meet the Arabian sea, and rooms done up with every luxury possible, this hotel is heritage and luxury in an unbeatable combination. Walk on the ramparts of the fort walls, and then fill up with some delicious food served to you on their terrace (from where you could catch dolphins frolicking or a glorious sunset too).
Location: Pernem Taluka, Tiracol,